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The Rational Middle

Jun 22, 2022

Frances Kelley, Shreveport Coordinator for the Louisiana Advocates for Immigrants in Detention (LA-AID), dissects the stunning problem of immigrant detention in the U.S., the lesser-known problem of the chaotic detainee release process, and where an all-volunteer community organization fits in. Part one of a two-episode...


Jun 15, 2022

As DACA reaches its first decade, we hear from Andrea Tecpoyotl, a young DACA activist, about what it's like to live with the program: its promise as well as its frustrations.


Jun 8, 2022

Austin Kocher, Research Assistant Professor with the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse at Syracuse University, takes us inside the Clearinghouse's use of the Freedom of Information Act to access federal datasets, and what such data can tell us about the state of immigration.


Jun 1, 2022

Valerie Lacarte, Senior Policy Analyst with the Migration Policy Institute's Human Services Initiative, takes us inside her research on trends in Black immigration to the U.S.—and the lessons it holds for all of us.


May 25, 2022

The team gets together to celebrate the new Rational Middle of Immigration video episodes, puzzle over Title 42, and consider the marvel that is DACA. Plus the perennial question of what it takes to be optimistic about immigration reform.